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College Ahead at the University of Montevallo

The University of Montevallo’s College Ahead program is a way for high school juniors and seniors to take college courses on campus while they are still attending high school during the summer or during the school year. Summer Session I begins May 29th and Summer Session II begins July 2nd.  A student must have a 3.0 GPA to be eligible and may take any class that is available that doesn’t have a prerequisite. The cost per credit hour is currently $293 plus fees. Identified gifted students in our Shelby County schools receive a scholarship to take one class tuition-free.  If you are taking AP classes, it may be worth choosing other college classes because if you earn the appropriate scores on AP tests to receive college credit, you would get no additional credit for taking the same classes at UM. For more information and to get the application visit or click on the link under Blogrolls. Check with individual high school counselors for their deadline.


Samford hosting M. D. Calling Workshop


So you feel called to be a medical doctor. M.D. Calling is a medical career workshop which will be held at Samford University June 23-26, 2013. What should you study in college?  How will you choose a medical school? What are the future trends in medical practice? How do doctors serve in medical missions and other humanitarian projects? Get answers to your questions at M.D. Calling, a three-day residential workshop for rising high school juniors and seniors at one of the region’s most respected universities. The workshop features premedicine advising, expert panels, networking, field trips and activities. Cost is $350 (includes tuition, meals, residence and activities). For more information, go to www.  or email


Take Advantage of What Birmingham Has to Offer

When you are looking for enriching  experiences, don’t forget about the Magic City! We are so fortunate to live in a city with so much to offer that can enrich our lives. Visit or click on  Great Enrichment Opportunities  Around Birmingham under Blogrolls. for a listing of places with relevant information. Step out of your comfort zone and take advantage of some of these opportunities, many of which are free! Enjoy a summer filled with wonderful experiences!

Think About a Summer Enrichment Camp!

Many colleges and universities offer exceptional enrichment opportunities on their campuses. Some can be quite pricey, but many are very reasonably priced. Check out the Summer Enrichment Camp link under Blogroll or click here High Schoolers can attend camps that focus on topics from the arts to familiar academic subjects to foreign languages, philanthropy, architecture, writing, engineering and fisheries. Most are residential camps; there are all different schedules, price ranges and there are scholarships available for some.

REAL Cents REAL Change Summer Camp at Auburn

REAL: Recognize Me! Empower Me! Appreciate Me! My Legacy!
Want to feel confident about how to manage money at any stage of your life? Want to empower yourself while helping others? Want to leverage your natural talents, skills, and treasures to benefit others? Want to learn how to create a lasting legacy? Let’s get REAL! AND make positive things happen! The REAL Cents REAL Change℠ Summer Camp is a week-long residential camp produced by the Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies and College of Human Sciences that empowers teens (ages 13-18) through education, leadership and philanthropy. Throughout REAL Cents REAL Change℠ Summer Camp, teen participants will learn the basic skills of financial management and how to maximize their philanthropic impact. Participants will experience campus-life while residing in Auburn’s resident dormitories, eating at campus dining facilities, and enjoying evening social and recreational activities. Camp participants will have 24/7 counselor supervision. Tuition is $549 and covers all instruction, housing, meals, and recreational activities. For more information and to register, visit


Blog Update Alerts To Your Email

I was asked at some of my parent meetings earlier this fall if parents could be alerted when I update my blog. Great question! After investigating with our web guru, she thinks you can get email alerts each time I update my blog. The blog  has an RSS feed link that you can click on to copy the rss link into your ‘feeder’. Look down the right hand side of the blog site to “Meta” and click on find the “Entries RSS” link. To receive an RSS feed from the kleaver blog site, you will need this address: Remember that some of the updates may be to items under Categories or Blogrolls so they may not be readily evident.

UM College Ahead Website

The University of Montevallo has launched their new College Ahead website – It is very user-friendly and walks students through the process of applying and selecting & scheduling UM classes. This is a program that allows high school juniors and seniors to take college classes at UM for college credit. Students on the gifted education rolls receive a scholarship to take one class. Let me know if you have any questions.

Free ACT Apps

ACT has created 3 free apps for I-phones and I-pads. ACT Photo will help the student easily take a photo and upload it their registration (photos are now required to register for the test). ACT Test Prep provides test preparation and ACT College provides an interactive college search tool.

Summer Enrichment Camps

In case you are looking for an exceptional enrichment opportunity on a college campus, please check out the Summer Enrichment Camp link under Blogrolls. High Schoolers can attend camps that focus on topics from the arts to familiar academic subjects to foreign languages to engineering and fisheries. Most are residential camps; there are all different price ranges and there are scholarships available for some.

AU and AL Summer Opportunities

Auburn University will host a variety of summer camps for students including vet medicine, industrial design, architecture, fashion, fisheries, world affairs (Model UN), and construction. Go to<> for info. 

The University of Alabama offers a variety of  summer programs for students of all ages. With over fifteen summer programs offered, discover all the ways to grow this summer at The University of Alabama. For info go to<>